Ohio State ties the game twice but comes up short in 5-4 loss to the Saints
CANTON, N.Y. The Ohio State women’s hockey team rallied twice to tie the game but came up a goal short in a 5-4 loss to No. 5/6 St. Lawrence Saturday in Canton, N.Y. In the back-and-forth game, freshman forward Natalie Spooner scored twice for the Buckeyes and senior goaltender Liana Bonanno made 34 saves.

Ohio State moves to 5-11-0 overall (3-9-0 WCHA) while St. Lawrence is 10-2-2 (5-1-0 ECAC).

After up and down hockey to start the first period, St. Lawrence scored just as an OSU penalty expired at 12:44. Alison Domenico scored on a rebound by Lisa Batchelor with Michelle Zimmerman picking up the second assist.

Ohio State quickly evened the score just 30 seconds later. Laura McIntosh freed the puck from the right corner over to Hayley Klassen behind the net, who tapped it up to Spooner at the goal line. She knocked it in five-hole for her second goal of the series.

The Saints regained their 1-goal lead with a power play goal at 15:28. On her third swipe from the goal line, Carson Duggan got the puck into the back of the net with assists by Vanessa Emond and Zimmerman.

The Buckeyes battled back once again to even the score at 2-all 2:49 into the second period. Charging into the SLU zone, Raelyn LaRocque centered the puck from the boards to Olivia Antognoli who shot it on net. Christina Mancuso scored on the rebound from low in the slot for her second goal of the season.

St. Lawrence answered with two goals to carry a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. The Saints took advantage of a Buckeye turnover at 9:23 when Ally Bero scored from the right hash marks off passes by Duggan and Tara Akstull.

Duggan added a power play goal for SLU at 17:25 when she turned and swept the puck into the right corner of the net. She was assisted by Brittaney Maschmeyer and Domenico.

The Buckeyes cut the lead to 4-3 early in the third on Spooner’s second goal of the game when she scored five-hole unassisted from the slot at 4:08. St. Lawrence responded with a five-hole goal of its own at 8:40 when Batchelor scored from the left corner of the net to go up by two again.

Ohio State again made it a 1-goal game at 10:48 with Morgan Marziali scoring an unassisted power play goal during a scramble in front of the net, but that is the closest the Buckeyes would get for a final of 5-4.

Bonanno made several outstanding saves in the game but fell to 5-9-0 on the season. Brittony Cartier of the Saints had 22 saves and is 10-2-2. Ohio State was 1-of-4 on the power play and 5-of-7 on the penalty kill. 

The Buckeyes will break next weekend for finals before wrapping up 2008 with a WCHA road series at Minnesota State, Dec. 12-13 in Mankato, Minn. While in Minnesota, Ohio State also will play an exhibition game against the U.S. Select Team, Dec. 14 in Blaine. Former Buckeyes Erin Keys and Lisa Chesson are with the Team USA’s residency program.

Game Notes
 The four goals scored match Ohio State’s season high in a game.
 Natalie Spooner scored three of the Buckeyes’ five goals in the series against St. Lawrence. She leads OSU with 12 goals and is second in points with 15.
 Spooner has four multiple-goal games this season and is on a three-game goal streak. She has a point in six of her last seven games played.
 Laura McIntosh posted team-leading 14th assist. She leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 18 points.
 Liana Bonanno has made 30 or more saves in eight games this year.
 The assist by Olivia Antognoli was her first of the season.
 This was the first two-game series played between Ohio State and St. Lawrence. The previous four meetings were single games.